Taking the Michael

12 September 2009 07:56
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Tony Cottee watched Hull City commit defensive suicide against Sunderland and fail to fill the void left by Michael Turner.

All eyes were on the Black Cats' £12million transfer window signing as he lined up against his old employers, but it was those he left behind that stole the show - for the wrong reasons.

Two goals from Darren Bent, a typically sweet finish from Andy Reid and an own goal from Kamil Zayatte ensured it was a happy reunion for Turner, as Steve Bruce's side shot up to the dizzy heights of sixth place in the Premier League.

But it was Hull's defending, rather than Sunderland's deadly finishing, that had Cottee gasping in disbelief.

"Phil Brown would've been pleased at half-time. It didn't look like there were any defensive problems, but in the second half. oh! It was unbelievable really, how they defended," he told Soccer Saturday.

"For the second goal, they all just missed it and it came to Andy Reid. It was good finish, but defensively it was poor really.

"Then for the third goal, Zayatte has pushed up to play off-side and (Ibrahima) Sonko is about 30 yards behind him and the two are miles apart. Darren Bent just runs through and Sonko, instead of coming across on the cover, just stays in the middle of the goal and Bent just puts it in the back of the net."

Confidence"On the fourth one, I've seen about 10 replays and I think it's Zayatte's own goal. Defensively Hull were all over the place in the second half and they are going to miss Michael Turner if they defend like that."

Bent's brace took his tally to four goals in five games since his summer switch from Tottenham.

And although the likes of Wayne Rooney, Emile Heskey, Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe make an international return unlikely, former England striker Cottee believes the striker is key to Sunderland's chances of success.

"I think he's capable of getting 15, maybe 20, league goals," he said. "But he's got to keep the confidence, he needs the service and they way he's playing at the moment, looks like he's going to have a really good season.

"It was a bit of a risk, a gamble to go there - for a big fee from Sunderland's view as well - but if he continues to do get the goals, they will have a good season."

Source: SKY_Sports

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